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Super World of Sports
SWS
Acronym SWS
Type Public
Founder(s) Genichiro Tenryu
Defunct June 19 1992
Style Puroresu
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Super World of Sports, more commonly known as SWS, was a promotion from 1990 to 1992. Its motto was "STRAIGHT AND STRONG".

HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

In April 1990, Genichiro Tenryu, one of the top stars of All Japan Pro Wrestling, left the company to become a spokesmodel for Megane Super, at the time one of the best-known makers of eyeglasses in Japan. But the company instead used him as the launching pad for a new pro-wrestling circuit, which Megane Super executive Hachiro Tanaka named Super World of Sports.

With his backing, Megane Super began throwing money offers around to build up their roster. Yoshiaki Yatsu, Ashura Hara, Shunji Takano, The Great Kabuki, Hiromichi Fuyuki, Tatsumi "Koki" Kitahara, Masao Orihara, Isao Takagi (the future Arashi), and referee Hiroyuki Unno joined in from All-Japan. But SWS would attract New Japan Pro Wrestling talent as well, including George Takano (the former Cobra), Naoki Sano, Hisakatsu Oya, Akira Katayama, former superstar yokozuna (grand champion in sumo wrestling) Koji Kitao, and Stampede Wrestling powerhouse Dino Ventura (605 lb bench press) who had extraordinary MMA and technical wrestling skills. Because of this, fans, wrestlers, and administrators of other Japanese promotions criticized SWS as being a "money puroresu" because of the way wrestlers flocked to it. The feeling was compounded when in October, SWS signed a working relationship contract with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation, for interpromotional purposes.

Working relationship with the WWFEdit

The SWS/WWF co-promotion produced several cards, including three shows at the Tokyo Dome. The events took place on March 30, 1991, and December 12, 1991[1] (The March show saw a near-shoot between former sumos Kitao and Earthquake). SWS also had a small agreement with two smaller Japanese federations, Gran Hamada's Universal Lucha Libre and Yoshiaki Fujiwara's Fujiwara Gumi (shoot-style wrestling), which provided alternative matches and opponents to the cards.

SWS's peak coincided with the general Japanese economic downturn of the early 1990s. As Megane Super began withdrawing its support, the company began running fewer cards, and in May 1992 Yatsu withdrew. On June 19 1992, SWS held its final card at Nagasaki International Gym. The promotion's talent split into the following federations: Yatsu's SPWF; Tenryu's new promotion, WAR, including Hara, Fuyuki, Kitahara; NOW, including Kendo Nagasaki, and PWC, including the Takano brothers and Takagi.

WrestlersEdit

Main rosterEdit

Unlike many wrestling promotions, SWS had a wrestling roster that was divided into three stables, reminiscent of the sumo heya system. Revolution was mostly AJPW alumni, Palaestra was mostly NJPW alumni, and Geki Dojo were neutrals led by a heel manager, KY Wakamatsu.

Visiting wrestlersEdit

World Wrestling FederationEdit

  • Randy Savage
  • The Brooklyn Brawler
  • The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch)
  • The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond)
  • Greg Valentine
  • Ted DiBiase
  • The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)
  • Boris Zhukov
  • Koko B. Ware
  • King Haku
  • Tito Santana
  • Jimmy Snuka
  • The Warlord
  • The Barbarian
  • The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)
  • Earthquake
  • Demolition (Smash and Crush)
  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan
  • The Ultimate Warrior
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • The Texas Tornado
  • Mr. Perfect
  • The Road Warriors
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Tugboat / Typhoon
  • Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules)
  • Paul Diamond
  • Pat Tanaka
  • Rick Martel
  • The British Bulldog
  • The Berzerker
  • The Undertaker
  • The Beverly Brothers (Beau and Blake)
  • Ric Flair
  • Jim Powers
  • Giant Kimala

Foreign freelancersEdit

United StatesEdit
  • Killer Tim Brooks
  • Chavo Guerrero Sr.
  • Jeff Jarrett
  • Kenny The Striker
  • Bob Orton Jr.
  • Rochester Roadblock
  • Chris Walker
  • Jeff Wheeler
  • Snake Williams
CanadaEdit
  • Giant Goliath
  • Dino Ventura
MexicoEdit
  • El Dandy
  • Atlantis
  • Bestia Salvaje
  • Emilio Charles Jr.
  • Jerry Estrada
  • Comando Ruso
  • Blue Panther
  • El Satanico
  • Guerrero El Futuro
  • Arkangel De La Muerte
OtherEdit
  • Kato Kung Lee (Panama)
  • Chris Adams (wrestler)|Chris Adams (England)
  • Gerry Morrow (Martinique)
  • The Samoan Swat Team (Samoan Savage and Fatu) (Samoa)

Guests from other Japanese promotionsEdit

Pro Wrestling Fujiwara GumiEdit
UWF Lucha/Federación Universal de Lucha LibreEdit

SWS championshipsEdit

SWS never had a Heavyweight Championship.

SWS Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Naoki Sano 1 December 12, 1991 Tokyo, Japan Won a tournament to become the SWS/Japanese representative and then defeated WWF representative Rick Martel to become the first champion.
Title retired June 19, 1992 Title retired when SWS closed.

SWS Tag Team ChampionshipEdit

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
King Haku and Yoshiaki Yatsu 1 February 14, 1992 Kyoto, Japan Defeated Ashura Hara and Genichiro Tenryu in a tournament final to become the first champions.
George and Shunji Takano 1 April 16, 1992 Minamiashigara, Japan
The Natural Disasters
(Earthquake and Typhoon)
1 April 17, 1992 Yokohama, Japan
King Haku and Yoshiaki Yatsu 2 April 18, 1992 Tokyo, Japan
Title retired June 19, 1992 Title retired when SWS closed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. (2009) WWE Encyclopedia. DK, 296. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 

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